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  • How to Balance Video Games with Real Life

    By Tina Amini on

    One of the worst things about growing up is that you never seem to have any time left over for yourself. Sure, you may still watch a bunch of television shows and go to concerts, but video games? Video games could be kicked to the curb. In an attempt to convince more people to at least try to make gaming more a part of their life, here are some tips for time management that will help them do so.
  • Stop Preordering Video Games

    By Luke Plunkett on

    There once was a time15 years ago when the concept of pre-ordering made sense. Publishers would have a better idea of how many boxes they'd need to ship, and customers could guarantee they'd get hold of the latest game as soon as it was released. It was a good arrangement! It didn't take long for publishers and retailers to realise, though, that once a customer put their money down for a game that wasn't finished, that customer was on the hook.
  • How to Take Amazing Fireworks Photos

    By Shawn Knight on

    You don't have to be a professional photographer to snap some amazing pictures of fireworks. All you need is some basic equipment and a little know-how, the latter of which we'll be offering up here today.
  • A List of Common Default Router IP Addresses

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

    Here's the scenario: you are helping a relative with network issues and need to access their router's browser interface. You can typically find the information by entering 'ipconfig' into the Windows command prompt, but if for some reason you can't retrieve the router's IP address using that method, we've compiled a brief list of popular router brands and their common default addresses.
  • Is Windows 10 Free? Yes, and No. An Explainer

    By Julio Franco on

    Microsoft is set to release Windows 10 later this year and users of current versions of the operating system will get an upgrade free of charge. So where's the confusion? There has been speculation about who gets the free upgrade and who doesn't. Here's a brief overview of the different upgrade paths to Windows 10.
  • Why Owning a Real Camera Matters

    By Shawn Knight on

    Google recently said it best: photos are more than just pixels. They're moments in time we'll never want to forget. Depending on your age and / or life experiences, that may not mean much to you at this point. Having crossed into my 30s a few years back and having already lost both parents and a best friend, it certainly resonates with me. Memories fade but the images you capture with friends and family last a lifetime.
  • Steam Refunds: Friend or Foe?

    By Andrew Pellerano on

    Last week Steam added a refund procedure that allows you to get a full refund on any Steam game you've purchased in the last 14 days and played for less than 2 hours. The sudden manner in which the refund program was announced and implemented has many developers asking: "Is this good for me?" Let's go through the new refund flow together.
  • Catch Up or Die: A Windows 10 Mobile Wish List

    By Tim Schiesser on

    I was a big fan of Windows Phone 8 when it was released, but with Microsoft neglecting their smartphone platform in the last year, the OS has slipped far behind Android 5.0 and iOS 8. What follows in this article is a list of changes, improvements and new features I hope Microsoft will include when Windows 10 Mobile lands later this year.
  • Built and Tested: PC Buying Guide Machines Benchmarked

    By Steven Walton on

    Breaking down today's best hardware across five price points, from Budget Box to Extreme Machine, the TechSpot PC buying guide was recently updated with our latest recommendations. Now, for the first time, we are actually going to build each system and show you the kind of performance each price point delivers.
  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide

    By Steven Walton on

    The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers an in-depth list of today's best desktop PC hardware, spanning four unique yet typical budgets and a fifth for the no-expense spared, extreme PC crowd.
  • The Best-Looking Video Game Consoles Of All Time

    By Luke Plunkett on

    Over the past four decades, there have been some plain consoles, sometimes even some ugly consoles, but we don't care about them today. Today, we celebrate the best-looking video game consoles (no handhelds) of all time.
  • Estimating CPU Performance Using Amdahl's Law

    By Matt Bach on

    While frequency is a decent indicator of how well a CPU will perform in some programs, when the ability to use multiple cores is factored in it can get tricky as not all programs are as efficient at using them. Using a mathematical equation called Amdahl's Law you can determine how efficient your program is at using multiple CPU cores (it's parallelization efficiency) and then use that to estimate the performance of different CPU models.
  • When SSD Performance Goes Awry

    By Per Hansson on

    An avalanche of reports started to surface last September when users began to notice that their usually speedy Samsung SSD 840 and SSD 840 EVO drives were no longer performing as they used to. We've looked deep into the problem to understand what's been fixed and what hasn't. Samsung owes its customers an explanation.
  • 10 Free Steam Games Worth Playing

    By Patricia Hernandez on

    Over the years, Steam has accumulated a number of great games that are free-to-play, and I'm here to tell you which ones you should check out.
  • The 10 Worst Things About Building a New Gaming PC

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    Last summer, I finished building and fine-tuning a new gaming PC. I had a lot of fun, but the process could also be pretty annoying. Today, I'm going to list the ten worst things about building a new gaming PC. Bitterness! Negativity! Complaining! Here we go.
  • The 10 Best Things About Building a New Gaming PC

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    Building a gaming PC can be time-consuming and stressful. There are a thousand things that could go wrong, and any one of them could wind up costing hundreds of dollars. And yet we do it anyway. Why? Because building PCs is totally awesome.
  • Living Without Cable: My Experience with Cutting the Cord

    By Shawn Knight on

    It's been a month since I disconnected my AT&T U-verse TV service. It's not the first time, but something I've done half a dozen times over the last several years. What's different about this time and why I'm compelled to write about it is the fact that I have no intentions of going back.
  • Five Things I Didn't Get About Making Video Games (Until I Did It)

    By Anthony Burch on

    Before I joined Gearbox Software, I worked at Destructoid as a features editor, highlighting indie games and spewing vitriol at big-budget games I didn't like. I played their games, I found them wanting, and I felt like I had a pretty good idea of where and why things had gone wrong. I may not have ever made a game myself but I basically knew what game development was about, right? Wrong. It turns out there were a shitload of things I didn't know about.
  • Homeworld: The Return of a Game That's Almost Perfect

    By Luke Plunkett on

    Games are forever changing. If you played a shooter from 1999 and then a shooter from 2015, you'd notice the differences immediately, not just in how they looked but how they played, how smartly they were designed. Homeworld was released in 1999. Play its remastered edition in 2015, though, and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a brand new video game. Almost everything about it - and I'm not talking about its new visuals - feels fresh.
  • Why Peter Molyneux's Godus is Such a Disaster

    By Nathan Grayson on

    Game designer Peter Molyneux has long had a reputation for making promises he never quite delivered on. He has again been accused of misleading statements, in relation to Godus, his Kickstarter god game revival. In an attempt to get to the bottom of it all, we spoke both to Molyneux and to three people who have worked with him over the past few years. This is the story of how Godus ended up where it is today.
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop Tested: Performance and Battery Life

    By Tim Schiesser on

    We test Android 5.0 Lollipop using the Moto X, Moto G, LG G3 and Galaxy S5 smartphones. We explore how updates to the core architecture in Android 5.0 have improved performance and battery life on existing handsets.
  • Performance-Optimized: Core i7 4790 vs Core i7 4790S

    By Matt Bach on

    You may be familiar with Intel naming their processors under the Core i7, i5 and i3 moniker based on the performance and features offered. But beyond that there are also a handful of different product lines within each of those brands identified by a K, X, S or T appended to the model name. In this article, we'll cover the 'S' product line in particular to determine the actual performance, power draw, and thermal differences compared to its standard counterpart.
  • 10 Features Android Wear Should Have

    By Tim Schiesser on

    I've been using Android Wear on a daily basis over the last month and found that I love receiving notifications directly on my wrist, or being able to quicly voice search stuff on the web. But beyond that and displaying the time Google's smartwatch platform really can't do much in these early stages. Here's ten features that should be included in the next generation of Android Wear, most of which don't even require hardware updates.
  • The People Who Only Play One Video Game

    By Mark Serrels on

    The video games that serve us. Video games are changing. Increasingly, we're seeing a subset of players focus their attention on one single video game instead of many. League of Legends, World of Tanks. Games that change. Games that are constantly evolving. Games that shift and transform according to the needs of their user base.
  • Then and Now: 5 Generations of Radeon Graphics Compared

    By Steven Walton on

    After taking half a decade's worth of DirectX 11-capable GeForce graphics cards, it's time to look at things from the opposite side as we compare five generations of Radeon cards with the latest Catalyst driver to see when and where AMD has made its biggest performance leaps and which GPUs have aged the best.
  • The Best Skyrim Mods

    By Luke Plunkett on

    Skyrim was released over three years ago! In video game terms it's a senior citizen, and by all rights should be long gone. But it's still insanely popular, in large part down to the variety of mods available for it. If you've been out of the Skyrim loop for a year or two or have just got around to picking it up in a sale, here are the best mods for the game.
  • 10 Mobile Tech Predictions for 2015

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Twenty-fourteen saw mobile displays go above 1080p, ubiquitous LTE, lots of affordable devices, and more. As we now head in to 2015, it's time to make another ten predictions for what we might see in mobile computing throughout the year. Is the market set for a slowdown or will we see further noteworthy advancements?
  • The Year in Tech: 2014 Top Stories

    By TechSpot Staff on

    As the year comes to a close it's time to take a look back at some of the events that shaped the tech landscape in twenty-fourteen. There were some high profile buyouts, buzzwords, and a fair share of disruptions, controversies and security disasters with the likes of Apple, Google, Uber, Sony and the NSA -- among others -- as protagonists. This is a quick recount of the most relevant stories of 2014, divided into eleven different categories.
  • Then and Now: 5 Generations of GeForce Graphics Compared

    By Steven Walton on

    When new GPUs arrive we usually compare them to their predecessor but rarely go back more than one generation. Many of you who haven't upgraded GPUs in over a year, two, or more may be pleased to see how performance scales and what to expect in modern games.
  • AMD FX-8350 and FX-6300 Power to Performance Overclocking Test

    By Dustin Sklavos on

    Intel has been beating AMD on every front but price for a couple of generations now as the Bulldozer microarchitecture and its descendants have had an unpleasant uphill climb. Power consumption, performance per clock, it all takes its toll. However, we took a couple of AMD's most popular chips for a test drive and found that things aren't anywhere near as bad as benchmarks might lead you to believe. Quite the opposite, actually.